RATINGS: 2170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
As a continuation of North Coast Brewing Co.s commitment to quality, our Old Stock Ale is crafted in the tradition of our critically acclaimed Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale and Old Rasputin Imperial Stout. Its brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England, so its a beer to be served proudly. Like a fine wine, North Coasts Old Stock Ale is intended to be laid down. With an original gravity of over 1100 and a generous hopping rate, Old Stock Ale is well-designed to round-out and mellow with age. North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock Ale is a vintage dated ale. We produce a small quantity each year and it remains available from release date until our stock is depleted.

pre-2006 ABV: 11.4%.
2006 vintages: 11.6% & 13.25%.
2007 vintage: 11.7%.
2008 vintage: 12.5%.
2009 vintage: 11.5%.
2010 vintage: 11.7%.
2011 vintage: 11.9%
2012 vintage: 11.7%
2013 vintage: 11.9%
2014 vintage: 11.8%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14983) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
2005 bottle. Deep reddish amber color. Little head. Something of a cooked raisin aroma. And malt. A dark malt (not chocolate) flavor. Perhaps a bit plummy. There is sugar. Not so much as Lagunitas Brown Shugga, but more sweet than bitter. However, the hops are there, and they come out in the finish. It makes a strong statement. The alcohol becomes noticeable after a few minutes. Definitely not a session ale. Do not drink this and drive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Poured an amber brown color with a thin but respectable (for the style) head initially. Lacing was almost nil and the head wasnt long-lived. Aroma was sweet whiskey, some resinous hops, raisins. Flavor was much of the same, although the hops became stronger than they were in the aroma. Mouthfeel was strongly carbonated for the style with a somewhat thin body. Pretty on par for a solid barleywine, except for the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - JUN 6, 2006
2004 bottle. Brown color with a decent head which disappeared quickly. Taste was alcohol sweet with some malt. Some subtlety but overwhelmed by the alcohol sweetness. Not the beer I remember. Overall, a little too sweet and strong which surprised me because I remember like this beer more than I am now. Ill have to rate a fresh bottle to see if it just doesnt age well to my palate. I know beer is supposed to mellow with age, but I dont remember it being this one sided when I had it fresh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2006
2005 bottle. poured a clear brownish red color with an average head. Aroma of carmelly malts and alcohol not much hops. Flavor was alcohol with a little alcohol on top on alcohol maybe a little sweet maltiness. I usually rate beers that have a high alcohol % higher just because they are stronger, but I am just not getting much flavor at all out of this one. Maybe with a few more years of age this would mellow but i dont know. Im kinda dissapointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4181) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 2006 Vintage Transparent mahogony body with almost no tan head, Malty, caramelly, raisiny nose, and caramelly, malty, fruity flavor along with some alcohol taste and finish. Pleasantly warming!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Pours a deep red. The alcohol is not masked what so ever here. It will slap you in the face and warm up the gut................ Re-rate. Just tried a 2003 and am getting a pretty big licorice flavor which I love. Aroma is rich malts, ripened fruits and licorice. Original rating was a 2006 I think and was6-3-5-3-13 for a 3.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1577) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2006 2004 vintage: Pours a reddish-brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is of bourbon, oak, caramel, earthy spices, and dark fruits. Flavor is complex with everything you expect from the aroma. Strong flavor of the oak and caramel and finishes with some alcohol warming. Very tasty, I want to compare this to the 2006 release to compare how much its mellowed in only a couple years. 2006: Definately mellowed over time as expected, probably would mellow even more if I could age it more. This bottle had more of a dark fruit taste then the 2004 and the 06 has more alcohol warming, still delicious but I would love to age this for awhile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle 12oz.(2006 release)Boy you can smell the heat in this one, a very malty aroma, and of corse the strong barley wine smell. The flavor is strong with a killer warming affewct. Cant have to many of these in one night though. Give this one a try its definetley a big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
From a stubby 12 oz. brown bottle with the year 2005 on the front label, sampled at cellar temperature. Acquired in a trade with fellow BA germaniac. many thanks!! Made a good appearance, poured a hazy gold hued amber with a foamy beige head that settled into a thin lacing, good carbonation. Had a sweet caramelized malty and raisin fruity nose with big whiffs of alcohol. A alcoholic crisp and sipping creamy smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good slow sipping drinkability. Caramelized malt and grainy taste, a little chocolate flavor comes out after initial taste, a raisin fruitiness as well, a nice alcohol warmth that lingers through out the taste and a sweet malty finish. A very good Old Ale from North Coast, one of the better ones Ive tried, well worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nixter (11) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
tastes like congnac without the alcohol bite.... slightly spicy, orange peel, medium body, very rich. Apparently a case of the 2000 old stock just sold on e-bay for almost $500.

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